CULTURE & ARTS
05/20/2016 04:15 pm ET

Photographer Reveals How He Got The 'Truth' Out Of Vladimir Putin

"And the truth is that the face that I photographed is the cold face of power and authority in Russia."

Platon, a photographer who's worked with many top world leaders, was sent to Moscow in 2007 to take pictures of Russian president Vladimir Putin when he was named Time Magazine's "Person of the Year." 

After an intimidating start, Platon broke the ice by asking the Russian leader if he was a fan of The Beatles. When Putin revealed he too loved the group, Platon says the pop culture connection completely changed the dynamic of their interaction and helped him get the "truth" out of Putin. 

In the video above, watch Platon explain what it was like working with Putin and see the powerful image that has become "a banner to show everything that's wrong with power and authority in Russia."

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